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Four hurt in dog attack

Incident at birthday party in Palmer Twp.

September 10, 2013

Four people were hurt Monday night in a bullmastiff dog attack during a birthday party at a Palmer Township home that ended with the animal being shot and killed....

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Sep-11-13 10:21 PM

Let's start with the poorly lit area-not good,a woman tripping over the dog due to this-not good again,a dog reacting to feeling attacked and biting due to this-not good for a third time,and now the dog is dead and will be tested for rabies.Steve Herron from the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley believes this was an honest reaction from the dog feeling attacked and the noise/confusion in the situation.Keep your area well lit so that situations don't exacerbate to this.It doesn't matter the size of the gun or it's ammunition;human error caused the dog to die.

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Sep-11-13 1:58 PM

Any dog the bites a human should be put down immediately!

Armybrat, let me guess this dog was using the "Stand your ground" law.

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Sep-10-13 3:24 PM

Assuming the party was outside, I was up a 9:00 last night and it was dark. In an unlit or poorly lit area you can in fact trip over stuff including logs or big dogs. I have friends who have families and large dogs. The dogs know the family. When the family hosts a cook out or a party the dogs are restrained because in an unfamiliar setting, dogs who are not trained to be with a crowd can act weird. With that said, it looks like just an unfortunate string of events that ended up with some guy emptying out his gun cabinet and a dead dog. Too bad.

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Sep-10-13 3:19 PM

Never heard of a bull mastiff acting this way. They're the type to knock an intruder down and sit on them. Makes u wonder how this dog was raised if the owners didn't bring this on themselves :(

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Sep-10-13 2:32 PM

As I read all the comments, I couldn't help but focus more on the what happened rather than what caliber a shotgun can be. How much alcohol was at this party? Who DOESN'T see a mastiff lying right in their path? Who immediately goes for firearms against their own pet or even it if wasn't his pet, an animal trusted enough to be lying around at an open party without being chained? There is so much more missing to this article than facts on shotguns and rifles.

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Sep-10-13 1:15 PM

Libertyforall, Harleyrider - I doubt that the Times reporter actually knows what they're talking about concerning the weapon used. Having said that, there IS such a thing as a .22 shotgun. Mossberg and Remington made them in the '50's and '60's for shooting smaller versions of trap or skeet called Mo-Skeet-O and Targo. They were chambered in .22 and had a smoothbore barrel resembled a .410 shotgun at the muzzle.

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Sep-10-13 12:50 PM

Asknot- I know there are shotguns out there that hold the drums, but the majority of people do not own shotguns equipped to hold the drums. If you wanted you could get a fully automatic shotgun if you wanted, but they are not practical. They are more of a novelty item to have. I may be a girl, but I know a thing or two about firearms.

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Sep-10-13 11:50 AM

What about where the article just cuts off and says "Those taken to the hospital were:".

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Sep-10-13 11:26 AM

I imagine the dog was asleep, the woman did not see the (huge) dog, tripped over the dog, probably landing on the dog. The dog awakens to screaming and people yelling. The dog in all truth was defending itself from an unknown assailant. Meanwhile, we have an idiot shooting into an area with people panicing in that area. Twenty five shots, plus one. That person has no right to even look at a gun, let alone be shooting one. I am sorry for the people who were injured and the dog. All innocent victums of an accident.

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Sep-10-13 11:07 AM

scrappile- even if it was a 12 gauge, I would like to know what 12 gauge is able to hold 25 shells

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Sep-10-13 10:30 AM

Come on Marietta Times. Do you people even fact check your articles. A .22 gauge shotgun? Really? There is no such thing. A .22 is a rifle. The level of inaccuracy in this story is astounding.

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Sep-10-13 10:05 AM

The WTAP, report says it was a 12 gauge shotgun, but then he ran in the house and gota 30/30, not a 30.06, hope the Miller family is distort, you decide.....

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Sep-10-13 8:08 AM

This just blows my mind. First off, let me say this, my prayers go out to the family members hurt in this story it is truly said. I wish them a speedy recovery. Now on the part that blows my mind. People who know nothing about guns should not write a story about guns! Come on people, there is no such thing as a .22 gauge shotgun. Please do your research before you write any story. This is why people cannot trust the media sometimes!

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Sep-10-13 7:14 AM

You can tell neither the writer of this story or the editor are gun enthusiasts. There is no such thing as a .22 cal shotgun. A .22 is a single-shot rimfire rifle and a shotgun shoots multiple projectiles from a single shot. This is a total shame, for the people as well as the dog.

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Sep-10-13 6:03 AM

This is a shame. But firing 25 shots at a large dog and not dropping the dog, is a scary thought. I hope the people will be alright.

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